Press Releases

December 21, 2021

Maryland Delegation Announces the Howard County Economic Development Authority as a Finalist in the Build Back Better Regional Challenge to Strengthen Maryland’s Cybersecurity Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced an award of $500,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to the Howard County Economic Development Authority to continue developing its Maryland Cyber Workforce Solutions (Solutions) project on behalf of a coalition of Maryland local governments, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, … Continue Reading


December 21, 2021

Van Hollen, Warren, Baldwin, Maloney Reintroduce Landmark CARE Act to Combat the Substance Use Epidemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), and David Trone (D-Md.) in reintroducing the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the most ambitious legislation ever introduced in Congress to confront the substance use epidemic. Endorsed by over 175 organizations, the CARE Act would provide state and local governments with $125 billion in federal … Continue Reading


December 21, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge FTC and DOJ to Protect Workers' Rights By Limiting Non-Compete Agreements

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are supporting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division's role in restricting the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts to promote worker mobility at a time of low unemployment rates and economic recovery. Earlier this month, the FTC and DOJ … Continue Reading


December 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Garamendi Urge U.S. Secretary of Education to Include Peace Corps Volunteers in new Student Loan Relief

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) led a bicameral letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona urging the U.S. Department of Education to include returned Peace Corps volunteers in the Biden Administration's recent improvements to the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The members were joined in sending the letter by over a dozen of their colleagues. On October 6, 2021, the Department announced reforms … Continue Reading


December 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Trone, Cardin, Announce More Than $280,000 in Federal Funding for the Frederick Mobile Crisis Team

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $280,254 in federal funding for the Frederick Mobile Crisis Team. The team brings police officers and mental health professionals together so they can better assist those experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis. "The Frederick Mobile Crisis Team pairs law enforcement personnel with mental health professionals to help those in crisis get the care they need in an effective, compassionate … Continue Reading


December 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Murphy, Young, Senate Colleagues Urge FTC and DOJ to Limit Non-Compete Agreements

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Todd Young (D-Ind.) supported the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division's role in restricting the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts to promote worker mobility at a time of low unemployment rates and economic recovery. Last week the FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division held a workshop studying "the implications for efforts to protect and empower workers through competition … Continue Reading


December 17, 2021

Members of Congress Push to Increase U.S. Assistance to Help Vaccinate the World

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.-07), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.-08), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.-07), and Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.-04) who are leading a congressional effort urgently requesting supplemental funding be included in the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bill expected to be negotiated early in the new year to … Continue Reading


December 17, 2021

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $31.5 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for Airports Across the State

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $31,662,850 in the first round of federal funding to airports across the state from the bipartisan infrastructure law. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the bipartisan infrastructure law, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in November. This … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $190 Million to Help Health Care Providers Impacted by COVID-19

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) announced $191,711,521 in payments from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to help health care providers across Maryland recover from revenue losses and expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest tranche of PRF funding … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Senate Passes Van Hollen-Sullivan “Foreign Service Families Act”

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-founders of the bipartisan Senate Foreign Service Caucus, announced the passage of their Foreign Service Families Act yesterday as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation will help ensure that the Foreign Service is able to attract and retain a world-class diplomatic corps by providing expanded career options and services to eligible family members. For many of these family … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $10 Million in Funding to Early Childhood Education Programs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, Andy Harris, M.D. and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $10,687,408 in federal funding to the Maryland State Department of Education and to the Y of Central Maryland to expand early learning options for Maryland's low-income families, provide additional professional development opportunities for educators and support family … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez, SFRC Dems Introduce the Department of State Inclusivity Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who led the entire Democratic bench of the Foreign Relations Committee, in introducing the Department of State Inclusivity Act of 2021 - new legislation to assess and bolster the State Department's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. By requiring the Department to develop and strengthen recruitment, retention, and promotion strategies and mechanisms to grow a more diverse workforce, including through the … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Following Oxford High School Shooting, Van Hollen, Murphy, Thompson, Stabenow, Peters, Blumenthal, Slotkin Urge Department Of Education To Issue Guidance On Safe Gun Storage

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) who were leading 15 Senate Democrats and 99 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, in urging the U.S. Department of Education to raise awareness about secure gun storage following the tragic shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan. In a letter to … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Share Support for Biden District Court Nominee Julie Rubin with Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) urged the Judiciary Committee to swiftly process the nomination of Baltimore City Circuit Court Julie Rubin to fill the upcoming vacancy on the federal District Court for Maryland. Both senators provided introductory remarks for a hearing held today. "Judge Julie Rubin will bring tremendous experience to the courtroom after serving as a trial judge for more than a decade handling a diverse range of civil and criminal matters in … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Van Hollen Secures Maryland Priorities in NDAA, Legislation Heads to President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation to fund our national defense and security priorities. The legislation incorporates several bills authored by Senator Van Hollen and investments in key Maryland military installations as well as a pay raise for military and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees: "Ensuring the safety of Americans at home and … Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown, Toomey, Warner Press WMATA For Information On 7000 Series Railcars Following the October Derailment in Northern Virginia

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, as well as Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Committee Member Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) sent a letter to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) CEO Paul Wiedefeld requesting information on the circumstances that resulted in the October derailment of the 7000 series metro railcar and removal of all 7000 metro … Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Warnock, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Extend Waiver on Student Loan Interest for Duration of COVID-19 National Emergency

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Senate colleagues called on the Biden Administration to continue waiving borrowers' interest on federal student loans for the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency. In a new letter, the lawmakers highlighted how current and former students are still financially recovering from the pandemic, as well as information from the U.S. Department of Education indicating that federal borrowers have saved $5 … Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Maryland Delegation Announces $600,000 to Enhance Child Safety Across the State

U .S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, Andy Harris, M.D. and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $599,029 in federal funding to the Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office to support safety and protection for children across the state of Maryland through the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. "Our children are our future, … Continue Reading


December 09, 2021

Van Hollen, Norton Push for Funding for Union Station Redevelopment as Infrastructure Law Implemented

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and members of the National Capital Region sent a letter urging Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Amtrak Chief Executive Officer William Flynn to prioritize funding for the Washington Union Station Expansion Project as they begin to implement the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law on November 15, 2021. Cosigners of the letter, in addition to Senator Van Hollen, … Continue Reading


December 09, 2021

Team Maryland Announces More Than $2 Million to Increase Local Capacity to Reduce and Prevent the Backlog of DNA Cases

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $2,085,897 in federal funding to help relieve police department backlogs of forensic biology and DNA cases. "Every year, thousands of violent and non-violent crimes - including murders, rapes and assaults - go unsolved because of the backlog in processing DNA for investigations," the lawmakers … Continue Reading

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